Bauer Street Footpath Upgrade
The Civil Works team will commence work on the upgrade of the footpath in Bauer Street, Mundubbera, scheduled from Monday 13 February 2023. The works are expected to take about two to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. Pedestrians are asked to follow any signage directing them to an alternative path.
If you have any questions regarding the footpath upgrade, please contact the Civil Works team on 1300 696 272.
Road Safety is Council’s Priority
Recent community questions about safety of North Burnett roads prompted me to write a response regarding this important topic.
Council proactively undertakes regular road inspections across the road network to ensure defects that potentially cause harm to road users are identified and mitigated by either repair or appropriate warning signage. Along with regular inspections, Council commissions road safety audits and investigations to provide clear recommendations for safety improvements.
North Burnett Regional Council, like many other rural Councils, only has a limited rate base and, as such, relies heavily on external funding programs to assist with significant costs associated with road safety upgrades.
Despite being a relatively small Council, North Burnett Regional Council are network stewards on the state network throughout the region, under the Road Maintenance Performance Contract with the Department of Transport and Main Roads. Managing the state network from a maintenance perspective gives greater insight and input into targeted safety upgrades, which often ensure the state invests funding towards the highest priority projects across the region.
Council continues to invest in design for projects targeting road safety improvements so that when funding programs become available, Council can confidently apply for funding with confidence that the outcomes can be achieved within the program’s scope.
Second Half Rates Notices Issued
Second half rates notices are now being issued. A 5% discount is available to customers who pay their rates in full before 17 March 2023. There are several methods of payment available, including BPay or internet banking. You can also pay in person at a Customer Service and Library Centre, using cheque, EFTPOS, Mastercard or Visacard, or you can pay by telephone using Mastercard and Visacard. There is also the option of mailing a cheque or mailing Mastercard or Visacard details. You can find more information regarding rates charges on Council’s website, including the Your Rates Explained document, on the following page: https://northburnett.qld.gov.au/rates-and-property/
Council General Meeting and Public Information Session in Monto – 22 February 2023
Next Wednesday 22 February 2023, Council will hold its second General Meeting for the year in Monto at 9:00 am, followed by a Public Information Session to be held in the Monto Community Hall from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting in person, or online, via a Teams link, which can be found on Council’s website. Go to the Council Meetings page and click on the link provided for the meeting you wish to attend online.
BIEDO Connectivity Roadshow
These last two weeks you may have noticed the pink Telstra vans in the main streets of your township. Councillors made a visit to the van in various towns earlier this month to meet the hard-working team, providing information regarding digital services in the region. I hope you were able to access the information which was provided. Mobile services such as these are vital for people living in rural areas, particularly those who do not have the opportunity to travel to major urban areas on a regular basis.
Draft Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan
The Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning is seeking feedback on all aspects of the plan, including the proposed vision for the region, strategic priorities, responses and mapping. The consultation period for the Draft Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan 2022 which ends on 24 February 2023, is the opportunity for community members to help shape the plan, by voicing what is important for the future of Wide Bay Burnett. You can take a quick online poll on their website: https://haveyoursay.dsdilgp.qld.gov.au
Indigenous Apprenticeship Program
Applications are now open for the Australian Government Indigenous Apprenticeships Program. The program is the primary pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people looking to start a career in The Australian Public Service, across many government departments and agencies. Applications close Friday 17 February 2023. For more information and to apply for an apprentice position, go to: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/IAP
Civil Works Update
The Civil Works team started work on 31 January 2023, to grass off and clear 6kms of Glencoe Road. This work is scheduled to be completed by the end of March 2023. Council contractors have started to demobilise from the Wetheron Creek Bridge, in preparation for the commencement of works at Ford Creek, during the week starting 13 February 2023. Approach slabs will be poured insitu at Wetheron during the week commencing 20 February 2023. The site has been left cleaned, tidy, and ready for the backfill efforts around the piles, with the traffic management cones in place along the bypass and at the end of each approach.
- Maintenance Grading Zone 2 – Folleys Gully Road
- Maintenance Grading Zone 4 – Yarrol Road, McLeods Road
- Maintenance Grading Zone 6 – Back Benyenda Road, Yenda Benyenda Road
- Maintenance Grading Zone 7 – Bradleys Road, Skeates Road
- Maintenance Grading Zone 8 – Yerilla Road, Cheltenam Road
- Maintenance Grading Zone 9 – Aberdeens Road, Spring creek Road
- Construction Crew North – TMR Reseal Prep
- Construction Crew South – TMR Reseal Prep – Stabilisation
- Resource Crew North – Glencoe Road – NHVR Upgrade
- Resource Crew South – New Cadarga Road
As always, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me directly on 0458 696 272, or firstname.lastname@example.org or your Divisional Councillor, if you would like to address any concerns. Our contact details can be found on Council’s website: www.northburnett.qld.gov.au/meet-your-councillors.
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